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Fantastic four on sale at Bonham’s Mercedes-Benz auction

Four pristine examples of the first real supercar are on offer at Bonhams’ Mercedes-Benz sale on 28 March. One Gullwing and three Roadsters with a total estimated value of just under £4 million are among the 43 lots.

First up is a 1960 300SL Roadster first owned by German industrialist Alfried Krupp. It’s only had three owners in all, the most recent for 35 years, and has never been restored or resprayed. It’s expected to fetch £660,000-£880,000.

The other two Roadsters are a partly restored 1957 model that’s estimated at £740,000-£960,000, and a 1961 car owned by one family for 48 years that’s expected to make £740,000-£1 million.

The only Gullwing on offer is an extensively restored 1955 matching numbers car with a fully-documented history. Its odometer shows 81,700 miles and has spent time in large private collections. The estimate for this left-hand drive example is £700,000 to £920,000.

Other highly desirable Mercedes models on offer include a 1938 540K Cabriolet A. The flagship model retains its original supercharged straight-eight engine and has a sporty looking rear end with an enclosed spare wheel. Still considered a car for the connoisseur, as it was when new, this Mercedes is estimated to sell for £1.5-£1.8 million.

In terms of value, the star sale lot is a 1931 770K Cabriolet D. The cabriolet spent many years in the American Blackhawk collection, and has been restored twice. It’s one of only 18 Cabriolet D models produced, and expected to sell for £1.7-£2.1 million.

Perhaps the bargain of the Mercedes sale is a Ferebo pedal car that’s estimated at £2,200-£2,900. The 1955 mini 190SL replica is rear-wheel drive and has a massive centrally-mounted steering wheel.

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By Claire Evans

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